Even as the political situation continued to remain fluid, Youth Services and Sports Minister M.P. Appachu Ranjan on Thursday promised to bring out the Karnataka Sports Policy by this month-end.
Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Ranjan said the policy would propose setting up of an exclusive university for sports. As a prelude to setting up of the university, the department would soon establish academies for different sports-streams.
These academies would be located at places where a particular stream is strong or sportspersons of a particular stream have large presence, he said giving examples of Kodagu for hockey and Bijapur for cycling.
While he had sought inclusion of Sports Policy in the budget, the Minister has demanded at least 0.5 per cent of the total budget allocation towards sports. Mr. Ranjan said a comprehensive proposal of Rs. 513 crore for improving sports infrastructure and paraphernalia has been submitted to the Chief Minister.
The government has constituted two committees — one for framing the policy and the other for giving effect to the policy. Members of these committees have met thrice so far and would be going on a Statewide tour from February 6 to 8 to get inputs from all the concerned, Mr. Ranjan said.
The team comprising T.D. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Karnataka Swimming Association; Ashwini Nachappa, international athlete; and L.R. Vaidyanathan, retired principal of college of physical education, Bangalore; would tour Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, the one comprising former IPS officer A.J. Anandan, Hockey Olympian M.P. Ganesh and international Kabadai player B.C. Ramesh would visit Bangalore Urban and rural, Ramanagara, Kolar and Chickaballapur districts.